Jumpstart’s Shark Tank event

Shark Tank 2019

JCA Jumpstart Shark Tank 2019 was a sold-out event with a record 500 in attendance! Thanks for being apart of such a vibrant and strong community.

A record prize pool of $70,00 was awarded on the night with additional funding and support offered from members of the audience. Truly amazing!

Melissa Levi won the $30,000 first prize for Age Well with Mel. Melissa also won a surprise $5,000 bonus from JCA The Choice Foundation in support of the disability and aged care sector.  Second prize of $15,000 went to Danny Hui for Sameview , also picking up $10,000 for the All-In Giving Circle’s People’s Choice award and $5,000 from JCA The Choice Foundation. Third prize winner, Harry Rosen, representing YouthHEAR, won $5,000.

Thank you to the All-In Giving Circle and JCA The Choice Foundation for providing additional funding to support the dreams of social start-ups and philanthropic entrepreneurs in our community.

The panel adjudicating their pitches featured: Peter Ivany AM (Executive Chairman IIG), Naomi Simson (Shark Tank Host, Founder Red Balloon), Andrew Banks (Shark Tank Host, Successful Entrepreneur), Adam Jacobs (Co-Founder, The Iconic), and David Shein (Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur). It was truly a night to remember, there was electricity in the air and excitement for all the talented entrepreneurs in our community.


Shark Tank 2018

At the third annual JCA Jumpstart Shark Tank event, it was standing room only at the Intercontinental, Double bay. More than 500 came together to hear five inspirational Jewish social entrepreneurs share their ambitions and pitch for a their chance to win a share of $50,000 in prize money to realise their dreams.

The panel adjudicating their pitches featured: Peter Ivany AM (Executive Chairman IIG), Naomi Simson (Shark Tank Host, Founder Red Balloon), Andrew Banks (Shark Tank Host, Successful Entrepreneur), Adam Jacobs (Co-Founder, The Iconic), and David Shein (Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur).

The presenters shared their vision and personal stories that brought to life innovative initiatives for young carers, the homeless, and finding value in wayward socks.

The first prize of $30,000 was awarded to Madeleine Buchner from Little Dreamers , a pioneering not-for-profit that supports young people who are in the position of caring for a parent or sibling with a chronic illness, mental illness, disability or drug/alcohol addiction. Already well-established in Melbourne, Young Dreamers’ win will allow them to expand their presence in NSW.

Second prize of $15,000 went to Gali Blacher and Madelyn Jones from The Good Box , a social enterprise that sells boxes of toiletries, essential supplies and pampering items that people can purchase and give directly to the homeless in our community.

The People’s Choice award of $5,000 was presented to Romy Wolman from The Single Sock Solution , a program that aims to help people with disabilities to transform our spare single socks into woven blankets and works of art.

Other pitches on the night included Rabbi Gary Robuck’s dream of developing ‘The Gesher Retreat Centre’ for Jewish youth, learners, and leaders in our community, and Marilyn Swidler’s social skills app for young adults on the autism spectrum.


Shark Tank 2017

“It comes down to finding something you love to do and then just trying to be great at it”

Jumpstart’s second Shark Tank was held in November 2017. Over 450 people came to hear five social entrepreneurs pitch for their share of funds, mentorship and workspace in the Jumpstart Innovation Hub.

The five social enterprises that pitched represented a range of creative and innovative ideas, with worthy winners emerging on the night:

  • BRCA Genetic Testing (1st Prize Winner $30,000) :  To develop and evaluate a BRCA genetic testing program for the Jewish community in Sydney. This program will provide all members of the community the opportunity to be tested for specific faults in the BRCA1/2 genes which are common in the Jewish population.
  • 10×10 Philanthropy (2nd Prize Winner $15,000):  Founded in Sydney in 2013, 10×10 Philanthropy is empowering the next generation of giving.  10×10 addresses two key problems in the community. The first is that young professionals have a real desire to give back to local communities but lack the time and infrastructure to do so in a meaningful way. The second problem is that there are over 50,000 registered charities in Australia, and almost all lack the resources to raise the necessary funding and spread the awareness that is crucial to continue their impactful work.
  • Mindr (3rd Prize Winner $5,000) : Mindr is changing the new parent experience by creating vibrant intellectual spaces where crying babies are welcome. They are not only transforming the new parent’s own experience, by facilitating connections, collaborations and opportunities for learning through talks and workshops, but more broadly demonstrating that you can be at once a parent, an intellectual, a professional, a civic participant and more, driving a paradigm shift in the societal perception of this group.
  • Australian Jewish Fertility Network:  The aim is to raise awareness of the infertility struggle, provide emotional and financial support to those in need and ensure Jewish continuity. Funds will go towards hiring a manager to put operations and systems in place to improve efficiency specifically related to fundraising
  • Remember Me:  This concept involves creating a web based platform whereby users can register and receive a physical profile/biography of a Holocaust victim. This platform would use the millions of records available (various database records) to populate a template that can then be printed and developed into a small picture frame sized plaque (similar to the identify cards that visitors get at the Holocaust museum in DC). This is then shipped to the registered user.